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Karns, who has a gentle, counselor-like demeanor that put me at ease, integrates Five Element (“5E”) acupuncacu2ture and traditional Chinese medicine to help address acute pain or other symptoms and bring clients closer to their optimal health. The five elements are earth, metal, water, wood and dire, and each has a unique set of strengths and potential challenges. “In 5 Elements, it’s thought that at some point in birth or childhood, we develop a constitutional weakness in one of the five elements, and that weakness is the true cause of all our illnesses,” say Karns […] “By directly treating that particular element, we’re treating the root of the problem and thus all presenting symptoms will fade away.”

Karns specializes in women’s health and fertility, through she regularly works with men and women in all stages of life.

My first appointment started with an hour-long consultation, during which Karns asked me questions that ranged from my daily eating habits […] to childhood memories […]

I was rather shocked to feel, or more accurately, not feel, most of the needles as they went into my skin. I felt a slight pressure, but no the actual “stick” I expected. Draining toxings from the body through crefully placed needles arnd employing a technique called moxibustion are key components of the 5E practice. Moxibustion involves placing a gragrant herb called Artemesia vulgaris on a key point on the body and setting a spark to it, leeting it smoke just to the point of warmth before removing. The treatment is designed to warm and tone targeted organs, allowing them to operate more optimally. […]

“When we heal the root cause of our illness, we are able to manifest our full potential,” Karns says summing her philosophy. “And, expressing our fullest potential is true health.”

Read the full article in Simply Buckhead May/June 2013.
Story: Jennifer Bradly Franklin

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Acupuncture patient

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. It heals by balancing energy within the body. Most patients barely feel a thing as the hair-thin, sterile, disposable needles are shallowly inserted into very precise acupuncture points along meridians stimulating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms back to health. Much like a highway system, the meridians are interconnected energetic pathways in our body where Qi, or energy, flows. Just as a traffic jam may cause a buildup of cars leading to distressed drivers, a block in our Qi can cause illness and pain. Acupuncture helps to restore the healthy flow of Qi.

 What should I expect?

While some first-time patients may have a fear of needles, it quickly subsides once the patient realizes they barely feel a thing! The needles are hair-thin, and unlike a getting a shot or giving blood, nothing is injected or drawn from the body. In fact, most patients don’t even feel the needle go in!

We use additional relaxing points to remove some of the anxiety around needle phobias and most patients leave the treatment with a sense of relaxation and well-being that can last for hours – and sometimes days.

Other components of Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) include moxibustion, cupping, and Chinese herbal medicine. Moxibustion is the burning of artemesias vulgaris, or mugwort (a plant from the daisy family), directly on an acupuncture point or over an affected area. Moxa is often used in case of chronic diseases. Cupping therapy is another form of alternative medicine to create local suction on the skin to promote healing.

‘Acupuncture’ as a treatment encompasses much more than simply needling: it involves complex interactions, empathy, intention, and attention. Acupuncture is not only used to heal, but as a preventive medicine. It is a great complement to other physical interventions and has few side effects.

Acupuncture benefits

A few ways acupuncture can help you:

  • Affects hormone levels to bring about balance. This is especially evident when treating menopausewomen’s health challenges, and infertility.
  • Reduces inflammation which speeds healing after injury or surgeryreduces pain and may prevent serious diseases like auto-immune diseases that have inflammation as a major component.
  • Releases endorphins. These are the body’s feel good chemicals. They reduce pain and are a great alternative to opiate-like pain medications like hydrocodone andoxycodone.
  • Boosts immune system. It can prevent both recurrence of illnesses and new illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune and organ systems

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Many of our patients are referred to us by reproductive medicine specialists to help implement the success of their IUI or IVF (in vitro fertilization) protocols. Increasing the odds of IVF success is not the only way acupuncture can help.

Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system, according to several studies and medical research.

In addition, our treatments stimulate egg production and provide better blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, creating a stronger chance for an egg to be nourished and carried to term.

“Acupuncture has been used to treat infertility extensively, including ovulatory dysfunction, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET), and male infertility. This review summarizes the recent studies which investigated the role of acupuncture in infertility. In conclusion, most of the existing studies suggest a positive effect of acupuncture in infertility treatment.

Firstly, acupuncture may improve ovulation by modulating the central and peripheral nervous systems, the neuroendocrine and endocrine systems, the ovarian blood flow, and metabolism.

Secondly, acupuncture can improve the outcome of IVF-ET, and the mechanisms may be related to the increased uterine blood flow, inhibited uterine motility, and the anesis of depression, anxiety and stress. Its effect on modulating immune function also suggests helpfulness in improving the outcome of IVF-ET. ”

Reference: “Acupuncture for infertility: is it an effective therapy?”, 2011 May, Chin J Integr Med.

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pumpkin soup

Like a squirrel piling up acorns in a tree, our bodies are looking to store up energy and health this fall in preparation for the chill of winter. The best way to take care of that natural increased appetite is with warming, nutritious foods.

According to Paul Pitchford’s great book, Healing With Whole Foods, well-chosen

foods can be used to offset the dryness of fall, which can bring dryness of the skin, nose, lips and throat. In addition, warming foods stimulate all the body’s functions, helping us warm up from the inside out.

Warming food include:

  • Almonds
  • Blackberries
  • Chocolate
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Figs
  • Greens
  • Honey
  • Oats
  • Onion
  • Oranges
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Pinenuts
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Root vegetables
  • Red beans
  • Roasted foods
  • Root vegetables
  • Scallions
  • Sesame seeds
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes (cooked)
  • Turnips

Hearty and Healthy Fall Recipes

Pumpkin Soup from about.com

Vegetarian pumpkin soup is warming and filling. Perfect for the holidays or any time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 16 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups soy milk
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

In a large saucepan, cook the onion in the margarine for 3-5 minutes, until onion turns clear. Add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Cook over medium heat for another 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!
Makes 4 servings of vegetarian pumpkin soup.

Roasted Root Vegetables from dr.weil.com

“Root vegetables (with the exception of potatoes and carrots) are some of the most overlooked and underappreciated foodstuffs around. But these nutritional storehouses are hidden treasures worthy of your notice. Not only are they available in winter when other vegetables are hard to find, but they are also very inexpensive. Experiment with turnips, rutabagas, beets and parsnips, and learn what they have to offer in taste and versatility. Rutabaga (also known as swede) is an accidental vegetable — the result of a chance hybridization of turnips and cabbage. Like carrots, they’re low in sodium and high in vitamin C. The flavor of all root vegetables will be enhanced by selecting fresh, firm produce (preferably organically grown) and storing it carefully. Turnips and potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place out of the refrigerator. The rest of these roots will keep well in the refrigerator for at least a week.”

Ingredients:
2 pounds root vegetables (use potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, beets), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch wedges
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
1 head garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
Chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, or balsamic vinegar (optional)

Instructions:
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place the root vegetables and onion in a roasting pan.
2. Toss the vegetables with the olive oil and salt to taste. Do not crowd the vegetables.
3. Roast the mixture for a total of 45-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. After 30 minutes, scatter the garlic cloves in with the vegetables. Continue stirring every 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender and evenly browned.
4. Before serving, add a sprinkling of fresh chopped herbs or balsamic vinegar, if you like for additional flavor.

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